The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel

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Explore the world by bicycle. Discover the adventure that awaits you. Inspire others. Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills, The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel helps young adults get in the saddle and out on the road by providing the skills and the gear needed for a lifetime of bicycle travel adventure. In return, recipients of The Greg Siple Award will perform an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel. New this year, projects must promote bicycle travel to youth and / or young adults in underrepresented communities including but not limited to: women, LBGTQI people, people of color, indigenous people, refugees, and people with disabilities.

The Greg Siple Award, named after Adventure Cycling’s cofounder, is open to young adults ages 18 to 30. (Must be 18–30 years old on March 1, 2020.) In its seventh year, The Greg Siple Award was developed in response to Adventure Cycling members’ desire to inspire more young people to travel by bicycle. 

Four awards-- two Intro to Bike Touring and two Outdoor Leadership-- are available in 2020 to support cyclists of varying levels of experience. 

  • The Intro to Bike Touring award is for those with dreams of traveling on a self-supported bicycle tour but don't have the experience to set off down the road. Winners take the Intro to Road Touring course and get a touring bike as well as camping and bike travel gear. 
  • The Outdoor Leadership award is for those who have some bike travel experience but want to hone their leadership skills to become a bike travel leader. Winners take the Leadership Training course, update their gear with a $100 Cyclosource gift certificate, and go on a self-contained tour. 

The 2020 Greg Siple Award application is closed. The 2021 application will open on November 1, 2020.

Congratulations to the four winners of the 2020 Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel.

Intro to Bike Touring winners
James Keys, 21, Newburgh, Indiana
Emilytricia Lopez Marchena, 29, Oakland, California

Outdoor Leadership winners
Rachel Pauli, 30, Missoula, Montana
Corinna Wollmann, 25, Washington D. C.

Thank you to the Seay Foundation, the Henry Family Foundation, and New Belgium Brewing for supporting this program.

Photos 1 & 2: Russell Pickavance, Photo 3: Claire Mitchell.

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The Greg Siple Award blog posts

December 13, 2018
Hauling it All -- Make Your Own Panniers
Hauling it All: How To Make Your Own Panniers

Greg Siple Award winner, Sara Chars, authored this DIY tutorial on making bicycle panniers. Sara led a pannier-making workshop last month as part of her Greg Siple Award outreach project.

December 3, 2018
Bike Camping Is A Blast--Even in Omaha
Bike Camping Is A Blast-- Even in Omaha

Mohamed Ukach was one of the winners of the Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel in 2018. After learning some valuable bike travel skills on Adventure Cycling’s Intro to Road Touring course, Mohamed took nine people on their first bike camping trip in Omaha, Nebraska.

November 26, 2018
Egg Potato Breakfasts on the Pacific Coast Route
Egg Potato Breakfasts on the Pacific Coast Route

Ankur Kumar was one of the winners of the Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel in 2018. Now he's cooking up big egg potato breakfasts along the Pacific Coast Route.